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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) houses perhaps the world’s most comprehensive collection documenting the history, science, business, and art of gems and jewelry. This online collection from the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center presents some of the most unique and rare books in the library’s collection. GIA is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in gemology and jewelry arts. The Institute’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry through education, research, laboratory services and instrument development.

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by Kozminsky, Isidore
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39 specimens in color and 22 other illustrations. "An outstanding work, comparable to Kunz's Curious Lore or Magic in respect to authenticity & accuracy of information but not so large in size. Even so, it contains a wealth of material, some of it not to be found in the Kunz works mentioned and making it a desirable complement to them."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3552. Partial contents: Study of precious stones in early times -- The most ancient science -- The ephod of...
Topics: Precious stones, Gems, Charms
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Volume 3 of 3. An encyclopedic three-volume history of 19th century French jewelry, written by a noted French jeweler with numerous high quality black & white photographs and illustrations. Contents: I. Consulat. Empire. Restauration. Louis-Philippe.--II. Le second empire.--III. La troisieme republique. Vol 2-3 paged continuously. Volume 1:  https://archive.org/details/LaBijouterieFrancaiseAuXixeSiecle1800-1900I.Consulat.Empire Volume 2: ...
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--France, Costume--History--19th century--France
Winter's school of jewelry engraving.
Topics: Engraving (Metal-work), Jewelry making, Metal-work, Winter Engraving Company, Winter School of...
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by Fersman, A. E. (Aleksandr Evgenevich), 1883-1945.
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"Russia's Diamond Treasure is composed of the best portion of the State-Jewels and Regalia, formerly the property of the tsars."--Pt. 1, p. 12 "Official examination [of the Treasure] took place in March-April [1922] ... Description of the whole collection is the personal contribution of the mineralogist A.E. Fersman assisted by S.N. Troinitzky...an​d A.N. Benois... "--Pt. 1, p.12-13. "Experts especially appointed ... expert-​jewellers: A. Fabergé, A. Kolter, B....
Topics: Crown jewels--Russia--Catalogs, Gems--Russia--Catalogs
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Volume 1 of 3.  An encyclopedic three-volume history of 19th century French jewelry, written by a noted French jeweler with numerous high quality black & white photographs and illustrations. Contents: I. Consulat. Empire. Restauration. Louis-​Philippe.-​-​II. Le second empire.--III. La troisieme republique. Volume 1 includes loose 4 page pamphlet advertising the three-volume set. Volume 2:  https://archive.org/details/LaBijouterieFrancaiseAuXixeSiecle1800-1900.Ii.LeSecondEmpire...
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--France, Costume--History--19th century--France
Volume 5 of 5. "This monumental work describes the minerals of France and its colonies, including Madagascar; numerous gemstones are included, especially from Madagascar, but more complete information is found in Lacroix's work on them minerals of Madagascar ... Among many topographical mineralogies that have been published this work stands without peer, being extremely thorough, neglecting no important aspect, and lavishly illustrated."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3736.
Topics: Mineralogy--France, Mineralogy--France--Colonies
Volume 1 of 2. From King's 'Antique gems and rings', v. 1, p. 467: "[W]ritten as an explanatory catlogue of the 15800 pastes made by Tassie from gems of all classes and periods. A most serviceable commentary, illustrated with short dissertations upon the history of the different series, and the myths of the more interesting designs, interspersed with curious remarks upon the artists and collectors, making the work still an invaluable companion and guide to the study."--Gemology by J....
Topics: Gems--Catalogs--Early works to 1800, Art objects--Catalogs
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by Tagore, Sourindro Mohun, 1840-1914
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Part 2 of 2. Part I available at:  https://archive​.org/details/Ma​ni-​malaOrATreatise​OnGemsPartI "Bibliography of precious stones": v. 2, p. 988-1015; "List of works consulted": v. 2, p. 1034-1037. "On all counts one of the most remarkable and important works on gems ever published, particularly so because its Indian author stresses the knowledge of gems and their cultural significance in the Indian lands. [...] It is the product of many years research in...
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by Hendley, Thomas Holbein, 1847-1917
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With 167 plates (32 in colours, 135 in monochrome). Extracted from the Journal of Indian Art, 1906-1909. "It is certainly the largest, most detailed, and lavishly illustrated monograph ever to appear on the subject. The jewelry of each province of India and Burma is carefully examined and described, with citations from works of early travelers and other authorities giving the native terms and synonomies for specific types of jewels, and, in some instances, for gemstones, jewelry-making...
Topic: Jewelry--India--History
A significant and comprehensive work on the folklore and healing properties of gemstones.--description submitted for Facets of GIA exhibit. "An encyclopedic, durable work [...] Apparently Kunz meant this work and its companion volume, Magic of Jewels and Charms [...] to be the ultimate compilations of everything worth knowing on the curious lore of gemstones, and in justice to his effort, it can be said that no works compare to them, even to this day."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry...
Topics: Gems--Folklore, Gems
Partial contents: Metallurgy of gold.--Prices, alloys, gold alloys, gold melting.-​-​Rolling and slitting gold.--The workshop and tools.-​-​Filigree wire-​drawing.-​-​Manufacture of personal ornaments.-​-​Finger rings.-​-​Mounting and setting.-​-​Mayoral chains and cvic insignia.-- Antique jewellery and its revival.-​-​Manufacture of gold chains.-​-​Precious stones.-​-​Cutting diamonds and other precious gems.-​-​Polishing and finishing.-​-​Chasing,...
Topics: Goldwork, Jewelry, Valuation, Assaying
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by Dufrène, Maurice, 1876-
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24 plates of jewelry illustrations. Plates embossed with woman reclining reading a book.
Topics: Jewelry-€-€‹Design-France-€‹-€‹History-€‹-€‹19th century,...
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by Tagore, Sourindro Mohun, 1840-1914
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Part 1 of 2. Part 2 available at:  https://archive​.org/details/Ma​ni-​malaOrATreatise​OnGemsPartIi "Bibliography of precious stones": v. 2, p. 988-1015; "List of works consulted": v. 2, p. 1034-1037. "On all counts one of the most remarkable and important works on gems ever published, particularly so because its Indian author stresses the knowledge of gems and their cultural significance in the Indian lands. [...] It is the product of many years research in...
Topic: Gems
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by Lacroix, Alfred, 1863-1948
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Volume 1 of 3. Contents: t. 1. Geologie, mineralogie descriptive. 1922.--t. 2. Mineralogie appliquee lithologie. 1922.--t. 3. Lithologie. Appendice. Index geographiques. 1923.
Topic: Mineralogy--Madagascar
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An introductory account of the origin & object of the treatises and of Cellini's position as a craftsman and author by C.R. Ashbee. Colophon: Here end The treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on metal work and sculpture, made into English from the Italian of the Marcian codex by C.R. Ashbee, and printed by him at the Guild's Press at Essex House, with the assistance of Lawrence Hodson who sought to keep living the traditions of good printing refounded by William Morris, the master craftsman, and...
Topics: Goldwork, Sculpture
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"[I]t is undisputed that our knowledge of ancient gemology is solidly based on the last book, Book 37, in [Pliny's] treatise."--Gemology, J. Sinkankas, p. 814. Partial contents: L. XXXIII. Naturae metallorum.--L. XXXIV. AEris metalla, & ferri, & plumbi, & stanni.--L. XXXVI. Naturae lapidum et luxuriae marmorum. XXXVII. Origo gemmarum.
Topics: Natural history--Pre-Linnean works, Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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Volume 2 of 3. An encyclopedic three-volume history of 19th century French jewelry, written by a noted French jeweler with numerous high quality black & white photographs and illustrations. Contents: I. Consulat. Empire. Restauration. Louis-Philippe. --II. Le second empire.--III. La troisieme republique. Vol. 2-3 paged continuously. Volume 1:  https://archive.org/details/LaBijouterieFrancaiseAuXixeSiecle1800-1900I.Consulat.Empire Volume 3: ...
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--France, Costume--History--19th century--France
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Includes bibliographic references and indexes. "Discusses belief in the virtues of gemstones and jewels from ancient periods into the 17th and 18th centuries, with emphasis on its manifestations in England. [...] Gems and precious stones are mentioned throughout, and specific virtues as have been assigned to them. Scarce."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1965.
Topics: Gems (in religion, folk-lore, etc.), Jewelry--History
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Partial contents: Old World roots of the American cut -- Mechanization, ingenuity, and Henry Dutton Morse -- More innovations and the emergence of optics -- Merchandising and the early years of the American cut -- Tolkowsky, Shipley, and GIA -- Putting it all together : appearance, proportions, and the American cut.
Topics: Morse, Henry D., 1826-1888, Shipley, Robert M. (Robert Morill), 1887-1978, Wade, Frank B.,...
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by Caustier, Eugene, 1864-
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"A beautifully, lavishly illustrated work on the underground world in general but actually placing most emphasis on mineral resources and their recovery... On the whole it is a fair summary of the major facts, especially on the diamond...."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1201.
Topics: Structural Geology, Economic Geology, Mines and mineral resources
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by Lacroix, Alfred, 1863-1948
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Volume 2 of 3. Contents: t. 1. Geologie, mineralogie descriptive. 1922.--t. 2. Mineralogie appliquee lithologie. 1922.--t. 3. Lithologie. Appendice. Index geographiques. 1923.
Topic: Mineralogy--Madagascar
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by Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932
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"The photographs are of very good quality but it is the richly colored lithographs that make this work as highly prized for them as for the text. They depict rough and cut corundums, beryls, especially a large and fine emerald crystal, hiddenite, diamond, quartz gems, kyanite and garnet. Plate 3, facing p. 8, depicts what was then the largest emerald crystal mined in North Carolina; it is the same that was stolen in 1950 from the American Museum of Natural History in New York and never...
Topic: Precious stones--North Carolina
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12 colored plates heightened by hand, and 12 black-and-white plates of Art Nouveau jewelry and decorative items. Publication date provided in lot description.
Topics: Art nouveau, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--19th century, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--20th...
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by Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932
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With 90 illustrations in color, doubletone and line. Partial contents: Magic stones and electric gems -- On meteorites, or celestial stones -- Stones of healing -- On the virtues of fabulous stones, concretions and fossils -- Snake stones and bezoars -- Angels and ministers of grace -- On the religious use of various stones -- Amulets: ancient, medieval, and oriental -- Amulets of primitive peoples and of modern times -- Facts and fancies about precious stones.
Topics: Gems, Charms, Amulets
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by Brauns, R. (Reinhard Anton), 1861-1937
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Volume 1 of 2. "Translated, with additions, by L. J. Spencer; with 91 plates (73 of which are coloured and 275 text-figures)." "The technical portion of the text provides an expert survey of mineralogy, enough to proved a good grounding in mineralogy for the amateur, but it is the descriptive portion and the details on localities that make this work most valuable to most of its users. It is also a useful reference to the gemologist because of its large section on gemstones and...
Topic: Mineralogy
"This edition, printed on hand-made paper, consists of 150 copies, and is for private circulation only. This copy is no. 133." "The whole of the Plates in this book have been engraved by Hallett Hyatt, of 111 Oxford Street, London. All the photographs have been taken by him, and the whole of the hand-coloured facsimiles were painted under his surpevision. The book has been printed at the Chiswick Press. The Index has been prepared by Miss Lillian Mackie."--p. [vi] Partial...
Topics: Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, Gems, Jewelry, Art objects--Private collections
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by Hauy, Rene Just, 1743-1822
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Volume 4 of 5. Includes bibliographical footnotes and index.
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Adams, Timothy Bryan
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"A thesis presented to the faculty of the San Diego State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Art by Timothy Bryan Adams Fall 1988." Signed by Theo Faberge, grandson of Carl Faberge.
Topics: Faberge, Peter Carl, 1846-1920, Faberge (Firm), Orientalism
"First part: general gemology, crystallography​, properties, lapidary treatment, defects in cut stones, synthetics, imitations, etc, trade names, some curious lore... Second part: descriptive, commencing with diamond and progressing through the major gemstones to those that are of lesser importance or even rare...."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 5362. "First & second parts as before but the third part now provides gem identification tables with color as the...
Topic: Precious stones
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"The text covers the entire span of ancient to modern knowledge of the pearl, its host, formation, the natural history of the several shellfish, salt- and fresh-water, methods of fishing, preparation of pearls, marketing, fashion, lore, and many other topics directly or indirectly related to the central theme... [a] truly monumental work..."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3690.
Topic: Pearls
"[Biringucci's] work is the first comprehensive treatise on the fire-using arts and is considered one of the classics in the history of science and technology. The first edition appeared in 1540, and was followed by a printing in 1550 and [this] printing of 1558. Biringucci stresses the use of mineral and metals in the arts; their alloying, working, and the art of casting. He provides the earliest account of the method of typecasting and the making of statutes, medallions and...
Topics: Metallurgy--Early works to 1800, Metal-work--Early works to 1800, Mineral industries--Early works...
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by Raymond, Jehan
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Art Nouveau designs for leather work. Each plate accompanied by guard sheet with outline drawing of objects represented. Partial contents: Porte-​cartes.-​-​Cadres.-​-​Porte-​monnaie.-​-​Boites a cigarettes. Boites a allumettes.-​-​Trousses de poche pour couture.-​-​Buvards et sous-​main.-​-​Porte-​cigares et porte-​cigarettes.-​-​Reliures.-​-​Ceintures. Boutons et coupe-​papier.-​-​Calendriers et blocs-​notes.-​-​Rouleaux a...
Topics: Art nouveau, Leather work
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"Apparently these are the contributions solicited by Kunz for publication in the great two volume catalog of 1906 [see JSL0663] and pre-published here. Presumably the unsigned articles were written by Bishop."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 661. Summary: "...no other work, even now, approaches the above for its wealth of property data; the occurrences section by Washington is richly supplied with bibliographical footnotes of continuing value to students of jades. Bushell's...
Topics: Bishop Collection, Jade, Jade--China
"Astounding work, both for its content involving an enormous amount of research into the literature, and its commentaries upon nephrite and jadeite jades as then known from all parts of the world and in all cultures." "The second and by far the largest part, 63-318 that surely must still be the most exhaustive survey of the cultural-historical-scientific literature pertaining in whole or part to jade that has even been assembled within the covers of one book; it remains truly...
Topics: Jade, Stone age, Ethnology--Miscellanea
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Twenty photographs from the original drawings in The British Museum. "Issued essentially as a pattern book to be used in 'schools of art and amateurs'".--lot description.
Topics: Art nouveau, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--19th century, Jewelry--Europe--Design--History--20th...
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by Brauns, R. (Reinhard Anton), 1861-1937
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Volume 2 of 2. "Translated, with additions, by L. J. Spencer ; with 91 plates (73 of which are coloured and 275 text-figures)." "The technical portion of the text provides an expert survey of mineralogy, enough to proved a good grounding in mineralogy for the amateur, but it is the descriptive portion and the details on localities that make this work most valuable to most of its users. It is also a useful reference to the gemologist because of its large section on gemstones and...
Topic: Mineralogy
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by Sinkankas, John, 1915-2002
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Volume 1 of 2. Volume 2:  https://archive.org/details/GemologyAnAnnotatedBibliographyVol2
Topics: Gems--Bibliography, Precious stones--Bibliography
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by Claremont, Leopold
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"Despite the somewhat misleading title, the book is a general gemological treatise... It is a good gemological introduction and presents some new information which the practical lapidary learns from experience rather than from textbooks."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1373. Partly republished from issues of the Mining journal. Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-289) and index.
Topic: Gemology
"[T]his is the first independent gemological book written or published by an [sic] British author. The text is distinctly in two parts, the first being a general treatise on gemstones in 25 unnumbered chapters, while the second...contains 89 numbered chapters, each describing a gemstone, stone, fossil, or other substance then regarded as valuable and classed with precious stones...Here also Nicols gives adulterations, nomenclature, varieties, sources, properties (real & imaginary!),...
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Lapidaries (Medieval literature), Precious stones--Early works to 1800
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by Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932
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California. State mining bureau. Bulletin ; no. 37. San Francisco, June, 1905. "A systematic description of the gemstones & ornamental materials, with properties, chemical composition, varieties, uses, and where found. The introductory matter discusses the state gemstones generally, and furnishes some information on state geology, the history of gem mining in California, and acknowledges assistance. The section on gem mines is largely a detailed description of the pegmatite deposits of...
Topic: Precious stones--California
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by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Article from: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3rd ed. (1797), vol. XII. With: Supplement to the third edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica : mineralogy, vol. II (1803), p. 191-264.
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Mineralogy--Encyclopedias--Early...
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by Dieulafait, Louis, b. 1830
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This book is "generously supplied with fascinating wood engravings of high caliber."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1709. "In its day, this comprehensive general gemology was the acknowledged authority ... The initial chapters provide a geological-mineralogical background for the various types of gemstone deposits, and descriptions of physical, optical, and chemical properties, also the history of gems and some lore. The mid-section chapters deal with individual gemstones,...
Topics: Gemology, Gem cutting, Diamonds, Diamonds, Artificial, Precious stones, Artificial, Precious stones
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Volume 2 of 3. "The word "monumental" is justly applied to this work in respect not only to its size but also to its content; it is the most comprehensive monograph ever published on the engraved gems of antiquity."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2277. Contents: 1. Bd. 67 Tafeln in Heliogravure.--2. Bd. Beschreibung und Erklearung der Tafeln.--3. Bd. Geschichte der Steinschneidekunst im klassischen Altertum, mit 3 Tafeln.
Topics: Gems--History, Glyptics--History
Volume 2 of 2. From King's 'Antique gems and rings', v. 1, p. 467: "[W]ritten as an explanatory catlogue of the 15800 pastes made by Tassie from gems of all classes and periods. A most serviceable commentary, illustrated with short dissertations upon the history of the different series, and the myths of the more interesting designs, interspersed with curious remarks upon the artists and collectors, making the work still an invaluable companion and guide to the study."--Gemology by J....
Topics: Gems--Catalogs--Early works to 1800, Art objects--Catalogs
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by Marbode, Bishop of Rennes, 1035?-1123
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"[B]riefly describes 60 gemstones...and gives for each their magical and medicinal virtues."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4168.
Topics: Gems--Early works to 1800, Gems--Poetry, Lapidaries (Medieval literature), Medicine, magic, mystic,...
Lithiaka was original title. This is a later printing in which "Lithiaka" is dropped from title.--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 410. Partial contents: Pt. 1. General history of gems: Introduction -- Precious stones among the ancients -- Precious stones among the Romans -- Gems among the Gauls, Goths, and Franks -- The 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries --The 16th century -- The 16th and 17th centuries -- The 18th century -- The 18th and 19th centuries. Partial contents: Pt. 2....
Topics: Precious stones, Gems
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Describes the contents of the tomb of Childeric I, the Merovingian king of the Franks. Items described include: ornaments, arms, jewels, engraved gems, coins, etc. "Depicted are gold jewelry, some set with gemstones, a full page engraving of gold rings set with engraved gems, and another of engraved scaraboid gems...A rare work."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1284.
Topics: Childeric I, King of the Franks, d. 481, Decorative arts, Frankish--Belgium--Tournai,...
"[B]y far the most thorough and complete up to date [work], easily surpasses Bacci, Marbod, and Leonardus in quantity and quality of information; it is further distinguished by its intimate knowledge of the art of the lapidary and must therefore be regarded as the first treatise to offer more than the briefest of views of gem cutting."-​-​Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 778.
Topics: Gem cutting--Early works to 1800, Gems--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to 1800,...
Quaritch's general catalogue ; pt. 2. Books on gems included in physical and mathematical sciences section; also sections on mining and metallurgy, and occult sciences. See index for additional subject listings.
Topics: Natural history--Bibliography--Catalogs, Mines and mining--Bibliography--Catalogs, Precious...
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by Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932
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Article from: Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, Vol. 32 (1902), p. 55-93. "Pieces together numerous bits of information [...] on Mexican gemstones, among them garnet, topaz, turquoise, quartz gemstones, opal (a good discussion), chalchihuitl [...], obisidian, pyrite, calcite onyx, and amber."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3675.
Topics: Jade--Mexico, Precious stones--Mexico, Mines and mineral resources--Mexico
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by Paracelsus, 1493-1541
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Partial contents: I. Von naturlichen Dingen.--II. Beschreibung etlicher Kreuter.--III. Von Metallen.--IIII. Von Mineralen.--V. Von edlen Gesteinen.
Topics: Alchemy--Early works to 1800, Metals--Early works to 1800, Metals--Therapeutic use--Early works to...
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by Kirchmann, Johann, 1575-1643
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"An extremely thorough, scholarly work on the finger-rings of antiquity, covering their significance, uses, types, metal rings, rings set with engraved gems, signet rings, talismanic & magical rings, official rings, etc."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3426.
Topic: Rings--Antiquities--Early works to 1800
Volume 2 of 5. "This monumental work describes the minerals of France and its colonies, including Madagascar; numerous gemstones are included, especially from Madagascar, but more complete information is found in Lacroix's work on them minerals of Madagascar ... Among many topographical mineralogies that have been published this work stands without peer, being extremely thorough, neglecting no important aspect, and lavishly illustrated."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 3736.
Topics: Mineralogy--France, Mineralogy--France--Colonies
"A sumptuous work describing and depicting upon the excellent engraved plates a large variety of ancient Roman objects, among them engraved gems...and including two which show vases of agate descorated [sic] with cameo cutting..."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 1194.
Topics: Classical antiquities--Early works to 1800, Art, Greco-Roman--Early works to 1800, Art objects,...
Written in Italian by Antonio Neri, and translated into English, with some observations on the author. Whereunto is added an account of the glass drops made by the Royal society meeting at Gresham College. "The first English translation of the first general treatise on glass-making"--bookseller's description. Translator's dedication to Robert Boyle signed: C.M. [i.e. Christopher Merret].
Topics: Glass-Early works to 1800, Glass manufacture--Early works to 1800, Precious stones, Artificial
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by Guidus, Joannes, the elder
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"'...Guidi was a jurisconsult and the volume is chiefly concerned with legal questions involving alchemists, gems, and so forth.' [Thorndike, History of Magic, 7, 252]"--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2608. Partial contents: Liber I. De metallarus; De artificius metallorum; De alchimistis.--Lib. II. De metallis; De auro, & argento; De gemmis; De ferro, & armis; De salinis.--Lib. III. De moneta; De thesauris; De rebus aureis, & argenteis; De ornamentis; De vistibus...
Topics: Alchemy--Italy--History, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800, Gems--Early works to 1800, Precious...
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by Agostini, Leonardo, 1593-ca. 1670
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2nd impressione.
Topics: Gems, Ancient--Early works to 1800, Portraits on gems--Early works to 1800
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"36 plates in a series." "A curious volume that appears to be pre-publication proof or perhaps a catalog of designs. In any case, a lovely and comprehensive array of works from a very desirable period of jewelry design".--lot description.
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Topics: Jewelry--20th century--France, Jewelry--Design
Topics: Silver--Handbooks, manuals, etc., Silver alloys--Handbooks, manuals, etc., Silverwork--Handbooks,...
Partial contents: History of sources of supply -- Properties of gold -- Various qualities and alloys of gold -- Melting and rolling -- Coining -- Solid wire-drawing -- Manufacturing processes -- Engraving and chasing -- Solders and soldering -- Various processes of colouring and finishing -- Collecting and refining waste gold -- Tables of specific gravities, alloys, etc. -- Useful hints.
Topics: Gold--Handbooks, manuals, etc., Goldwork--Handbooks, manuals, etc., Gold alloys--Handbooks,...
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by Dufrène, Maurice, 1876-
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Portfolio consists of "20 photographic plates of Art Nouveau jewelry pieces or designs.."--lot description.
Topics: Jewelry--History--19th century--Pictorial works, Jewelry--History--20th century--Pictorial works,...
Contents: I. A new and singular relation of the kingdom of Tunquin -- II. How the Hollanders manage their affairs in Asia -- III. A relation of Japon, and the cause of the persecution of the Christians in those islands -- IV. A relation of what passed in the negotiation of the deputies which were at Persia and the Indies...for the establishment of trade -- V. Observations upon the East India trade. Translated by Edmund Everard.
Topics: Commerce--History, Dutch--Asia, Tonkin--Description and travel, Japan--History,...
"First edition of a work which became the standard reference on synthetic gemstones. It summarizes extant knowledge on all methods synthesis in the first chapter, with much more detail being furnished in the second chapter wherein descriptions of materials are provided for those that are (a) commercially important gemstones, (b) minerals whose syntheses are of scientific interest only, and (c) imitations of turquoise and cordierite."--Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4448.
Topic: Precious stones, Artificial
A collection of 12 plates sewn together through the top and illustrating designs for ornamental cartouches. Other title: Recueil de divers caprices et nouettes jnuentions mises au jour par le Sr. E. de la Belle, Peintre florentin dessignees et grauees par le mesme autheur.
Topics: Decorative arts--Design, Decoration and ornament, Baroque
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Adapted from the English translation of Philemon Holland, London, 1601.--p. v With reproduction of t.p. of the Adam Islip 1601 ed. of the Historie of the world. "Published posthumously from materials assembled and edited by Kay Swindler of the Gemological Institute staff but her services not mentioned."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 333. Partial contents: The author, Pliny the Elder.-- Authorities cited by Pliny -- Pliny as a mineralogist and gem expert -- Roman jewelry...
Topics: Gemology, Mineralogy--Early works to 1800
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by Sinkankas, John, 1915-2002
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Volume 2 of 2. Volume 1:  https://archive.org/details/GemologyAnAnnotatedBibliography
Topics: Gems--Bibliography, Precious stones--Bibliography
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by Lacroix, Alfred, 1863-1948
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Volume 3 of 3. Contents: t. 1. Geologie, mineralogie descriptive. 1922.--t. 2. Mineralogie appliquee lithologie. 1922.--t. 3. Lithologie. Appendice. Index geographiques. 1923.
Topic: Mineralogy--Madagascar
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by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Portion from vol. 11 of 18 volume set. Other title: Encyclopaedia Britannica or, a dictionary of arts, sciences, and miscellaneous literature, Vol. XI. Partial contents: Microgrpahy -- Micrometer -- Of single microscopes -- Of double microscopes, commonly called compound microscopes -- Of solar microscopes -- The camera obscura, or lucernal, microscope -- Description of the parts of a microscopical appartus, common to most instruments.
Topics: Microscope and microscopy, Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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by Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919
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Dorothy's aunt and uncle get acquainted with Oz after they lose their farm and Ozma invites them to live with her.
Topics: Baum, Emerald City, Fantasy, Oz, Neill
Partial contents: Pt. 6. Sancti Patris Epiphanii Episcopi Cypri Ad Diodorum Tyri episcopum, de XII gemmis, quae erant in veste Aaronis, liber graecus et e regione latinus / Iola Hierotarantino interpret: cum corollario Conradi Gesneri.--pt. 7. De gemmis Aliquot, Iis Praesertim quarum Diuus Iannes Apostolus in sua apocalypsi meminit... / authore Francisco Rueo.--pt. 8. Conradi Gesneri de rerum fossilium, lapidum et gemmarum maxime, figuris & similitudinibus liber non solum medicis, sed...
Topics: Aaron (Biblical priest), Gems--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Early works to 1800,...
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by Fersman, A. E. (Aleksandr Evgenevich), 1883-1945
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Volume 1 of 2. Volume 2 is not currently available online due to copyright. Summary: "This monumental work, still unsuperseded even by modern works published in the USSR, was prepared by Fersman to place on record all of the important facts that he could locate on the gemstones of the USSR for the purpose of publicizing these resources and encouraging exploitation to aid the economic recovery after the Revolution."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 2041.  Partial contents:...
Topic: Precious stones--Former Soviet republics
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By Ten Alcott [pseud.] "A remarkable work and one of the most interesting to be found in its treatment of the curious lore of gemstones, especially in connection with birthdays. It is a wonderful melange of information gathered from many sources and designed to assist the reader in casting his own horoscope as well as to learn what gemstones will be most influential upon his person, depending on the moment of birth."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 63. "The text is...
Topics: Birthdays, Gems, Talismans
Topics: Gems, Pearls
This edition noted in Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4891. The most important poem, or hymn, for the gemologist is the Lithica, "where in 770 lines the virtues of some thirty gems are set forth with considerable allusion to magic...From the content, the form, the viewpoint and the style of this poem, it is most apparent the composer could only have lived...before the Emperor Constantine and not long after Emperor Valentine."--Gemology, by J. Sinkankas, v. 2, p. 775.
Topics: Precious stones--Poetry, Precious stones--Early works to 1800, Precious stones--Therapeutic...
"Among the specimens [described] many are of interest to the gemologist, eg, lapis lazuli, p 701, jet, p 85-6, amber, p 87-​90,...precious coral, p 114-21, bezoars, 171-82, and pearls & nacre, 188-213, this last with an engraving of an instrument used to measure the diameter of pearls for purposes of obtaining weight (p 209)."-​-​Gemology by J. Sinkankas, entry no. 4390 .
Topic: Mineralogy--Early works to 1800